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Delta Dental visits several local elementary schools

Posted on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 10:44 am

Delta Dental, of Missouri’s Tooth WizardSM and its popular Land of Smiles® program, are on the road again, taking the crusade for healthy teeth to more than 42,000 youngsters at 203 elementary schools across the state.
The touring educational program teaches kids in kindergarten through third grade how to take great care of their growing smiles. Most recently, Delta Dental of Missouri’s Tooth WizardSM and PlaqueManSM performed in the fun-filled Land of Smiles® show for more than 1,020 children from Hawthorne Elementary, Eugene Field Elementary, Community Elementary, and McMillan Elementary in Audrain County.
The captivating characters invite student volunteers from the audience to participate in the interactive performance. Youngsters help demonstrate the art of brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash under a surprise bucket of swishing streamers.
The pair’s antics inspire the children to brush and floss properly and visit Tooth Wizard’s best friend, the dentist.
During the show, kids learn tips to help keep their teeth and bodies healthy:
• Brush twice daily for two minutes, using a fluoride toothpaste
• Floss once daily to remove plaque, a major cause of both tooth decay and gum disease
• Eat a healthy diet and limit sugary foods and drinks
• Drink tap water (preferably fluoridated) instead of sugary sports drinks, sodas, or fruit juices
• Get regular dental checkups
• Exercise daily
After the show, each child receives a “smile bag” from Delta Dental, packed with a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, an educational coloring sheet, and a mirror decal, reminding them to brush twice daily.
To expand upon and reinforce the lessons from the live performance, Delta Dental of Missouri has enhanced its complimentary, leave-behind curriculum kit for educators with new video episodes on DVD, featuring vibrant digital animation to engage kids in the classroom. The videos and corresponding lesson worksheets take youngsters on a six-part journey, following Tooth WizardSM on his adventures through the Land of Smiles®, as he battles his arch enemy PlaqueManSM for the health of teeth everywhere. Along the way, kids learn what to do to keep their smiles healthy and strong for a lifetime. The video episodes and worksheets can also be viewed at
Parents who are interested in having the Land of Smiles® show performed at the Missouri school that their child attends can ask their child’s teacher, school nurse or principal to visit, or call 888-383-0008.
Since 2002, Delta Dental of Missouri’s Land of Smiles® program has impacted the lives of more than 846,000 children through 4,200 school-based performances.
Delta Dental of Missouri is the state’s dental benefits leader and a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization, serving 1.8 million members and committed to its social mission to improve oral health. The organization provides financial support for oral health initiatives, educational programs, community outreach events, and charitable causes each year, contributing more than $2.2 million in 2017. To learn more about Delta Dental of Missouri, visit Helpful oral health news and information is also available on the company’s website, as well as on Facebook and Twitter @DeltaDentalMO.